Summary: Examining the Judgment Seat of Christ and the actions of the four and twenty elders before the throne of God.
A Pile Of Crowns
Revelation 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
There was a common practice in the ancient Roman Empire. The Emperor of Rome ruled over many lesser kings, and these kings were at times commanded to appear before the Emperor. The Kings would lay their crowns down before him in homage. The Emperor would give them back, as a demonstration that their: crowns, their right to rule, and their victory, came from him. Though they were Kings, they were all subordinate to the Emperor.
This illustrates a time in the future when our King will give us crowns. We too will humbly bow before our great God and cast those crowns at His feet!
Sometimes we find ourselves in a worship service that would be described as amazing. Those times when the Spirit of God is so real and so powerful that it seems you can reach out a literally touch God. We have had times like that inside these very walls. But often those truly dynamic... intimate & powerful worship services can be few and far between. But there is coming a day when we will experience worship that our feeble minds cannot imagine. We will experience the ultimate worship when we cast our crowns at The Lord's feet.
Songwriter (and member of Greater Vision) Rodney Griffith painted such a beautiful picture of this in his song entitled "A Pile Of Crowns". Listen to these words:
"I dreamed I crossed to Heaven's side ...an angel said I'll be your guide"
"I'll lead you through this land so vast... and I will save the best for last"
"The mansions bright, The golden streets... Were greater sights, than I had dreamed"
"But when I gazed upon His throne...I was amazed by what I saw"
"For I saw A pile of crowns...Laid before the Holy Lamb"
"One by one the saints had come... to thank the Lord for all He'd done"
"No greater sight in Heaven I found... than a Holy God and a pile of crowns"
I would like to borrow Brother Rodney's song title and use it for this sermon today. Let's look to the scriptures and consider the thought "A Pile Of Crowns"
Throughout God's Word we find that:
1) We will appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ
2) We will receive rewards
3) The bible describes 5 potential crowns that we may receive.
4) And I believe that there is evidence that we will take those crowns and cast them at the Lord's feet.
* Jesus has given us a glimpse of the place that is prepared for us. He tells of a beautiful place with:
- A foundation made of precious gemstones
- Golden streets
- Jasper walls
- Gates of pearl
- It is a place filled with mansions.
- It is a place of rest
- It is a place where we will be reunited with our loved ones.
- It is a place with no more sickness, pain, sorrow, death nor crying.
But none of these things will come close to the awesomeness of seeing our Savior face to face! John says - 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
I am reminded of a time when Simon Peter got a glimpse of Jesus in His glory and heard the voice of the Father. There on the Mount of Transfiguration Peter said "Lord, it is good for us to be here" He desired to build 3 tabernacles for a memorial on that Mount. Peter possessed an intense desire to offer something at that moment in time.
I believe when we come face to face with Jesus and when we too are in the presence of God the Father and will humbly bow before Him. I also believe that like Peter we will have a desire to offer something to our Lord. And the great benefit is that we will be able to do just that! And when it is all said and done, we will see "a Holy God and a pile of crowns"
I invite you to turn with me to II Corinthians 5 as we examine:
I. THE APPOINTMENT WE CANNOT ESCAPE - 2 Corinthians 5:10a For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.